The 7 inch single of the Night Trap theme sold out in minutes!
Thankfully, we were able to secure one and will be reviewing it when it arrives later this month! What are your favorite memories of Night Trap? Not having a Sega CD back in the day, my favorite memories were the controversy it caused. – Mike Mertes
Contra 3: The Alien Wars – Original Video Game Soundtrack LP
The Contra 3 soundtrack was actually my first experience with the game, as I heard the first level’s music blaring down the aisle at our local Venture store on the SNES Demo Kiosk. The rest of the music of the game is fantastic as well and now you can listen to the awesomeness too, minus all the sound effects.
Buy here: https://mondotees.com/products/contra-3-the-alien-wars-original-video-game-soundtrack-lp
Mondo is proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Contra franchise with the premiere Vinyl release of the original soundtrack to the 1992 Super Nintendo sequel: The Alien Wars.
12″ LP Featuring all 13 BGM tracks from the game.
ARTWORK BY: Paul Mann
REGULAR: Blue & Red “Camo” Vinyl (Edition of 2,636)
VARIANT: Clear Vinyl w/ Red Splatter (Edition of 500)
Just keeping it brief this week because what’s there to say that hasn’t been said about Symphony of the Night. (slams shot) The soundtrack is amazing except for the Final Toccata. I first played SotN at my cousin’s house years ago. I loved the opening stage and hearing the iconic voice acting, “Die Monster”. I actually found my first Easter Egg when playing, didn’t really know where to go so when I got to the Alchemy Laboratory, I turned back around and found Slogra & Gaibon back where you meet Death, and of course got my ass kicked, but it was cool discovering that on my own. This game is amazing, if you’re into games like Super Metroid, then play this. -Marcus
As I grow yet another year older tomorrow on April 7th, I can’t help but to think of something else that recently celebrated a birthday: NESticle. Now in its twentieth year in existence was the first emulator that officially popped my emulator cherry at the ripe age of 14 back in 1997.
At 14 years old I still had a pretty nice sized NES library, thanks to the ever decreasing price tag of used games at Funcoland; but there were still many games that I never had the opportunity to play. You have to remember that probably 90% of my first hand experiences with NES and SNES games were due to renting them at the local video store. If that store didn’t have the game, then the chances I had of playing an unknown title were pretty slim because I would always be very hesitant on dropping $60.00 on a game that could suck.
That all changed one late night as I sat at my Packard Bell PC, browsing the World Wide Web with Moby’s “First Cool Hive” from the Scream soundtrack playing on my headphones. I had decided to search for endings to NES games I never finished and somehow I ended up at a random Geocities website that stopped me cold with this sentence: “Play every NES game on your computer!” My immediate response to this was that it had to be some kind of joke but after doing some more reading, I found that not only was this emulator called NESticle the real deal, but every NES game I had ever wanted to play was now minutes within my grasp. Even better: IT WAS FREE!
I immediately started downloading ROMS as fast as one could on a dial up connection, when I saw a sentence that made me pump the breaks for a quick minute: “It is illegal to keep these ROMS for more than 24 hours if you do not own an original copy of the game.” I panicked a little bit…Could I be doing something completely illegal here? Could the cops come busting down the door like in the movie Hackers and ban me from playing video games and using computers until I was 18?! That thought quickly faded away as I realized that no one was going to waste their time tracking down teenage kids downloading old video games. I laughed it off as I continued downloading more ROMS.
Getting NESticle up and running was a cinch! Not only did it seem to run just as good as my actual NES but it supported joysticks and I was able to hook my Gravis Game pad up to it to make things even more authentic. I fired up “The Empire Strikes Back” as my first game to check out and then moved on to games I never played before like Déjà vu, VICE: Project Doom, Contra Force and Power Blade 2. This was absolutely amazing and I couldn’t believe how small these ROMS were to download in terms of size to games I was currently playing on the PC. Shortly after checking out the previous mentioned games, I visited games I had only rented once or twice; but never owned. With 6 years of Nintendo Power magazine in the same room as my PC, it was time to start putting those articles I had never used in the magazine to the test.
I don’t think I slept at all that night, I just continued to play and experiment with games I had never tried before. I showed my younger brother and father what I was doing with NESticle and the concept of playing any NES game we wanted completely blew them away. It certainly rekindled my love for the NES again and it wouldn’t be too much longer until an emulator for the SNES was designed for us to try out.
That’s another story, for another time though!
We take a look at the brand new Castlevania 3 vinyl record release from Mondotees.com
This month, JAMMA Session gets it on like Donkey Kong!